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Legacy of ECoC Kosice 2013

Explore the most significant investment projects of the European Capital of Culture Kosice 2013

1 St. Elisabeth's Cathedral

The easternmost Gothic cathedral in Europe, St. Elisabeth's is the largest church in Slovakia, the pride and very symbol of Košice. It houses the Altar of St. Elisabeth, a rare Gothic double spiral staircase, one of only five of its kind in Europe. Construction began around 1380. The frescos and sculpting inside and out are the works of Štefan, a local master craftsmman from the 15th century. There's also a sundial from 1477 and, in the crypt, the leader of the most significant anti-Habsburg uprising in the former Kingdom of Hungary, Francis II Rákóczi. Superb views of Košice spread out from the top of the accesible northern tower, 60 metres high. As you come out of the main doors, take a good look at the decorative riddle on the facade, part of what makes this cathedral unique in the world.


2 Pyecka Studio Shop & Gallery

The Pyecka Studio, Shop and Gallery  is a creative exhibition space that puts an ideological emphasis on investigating modern art, and its is mostly dedicated to works by contemporary artists. The gallery also shows an interest in graffiti and street art. They are the curators of the international mural project, Street Art Communication, which is responsible for some remarkable murals on the sides of housing blocks. Along with holding exclusive exhibitions, the gallery also hosts educational activities.


3 Design shop, Historical Town Hall

The Old Town Hall, built from 1779 to 1780, with he distinct coat-of-arms of Košice over its balcony, contains stunning interior halls and the seat of the city major. Passing trough the courtyard, you come to the former Forum/Slovan Cinema, whose reconstructed covered hall now stages concerts and theatrical performances. The Košice Visitor Centreand Design Shop opened in December 2012 and is integral to the Visitor Centre. It offers diverse items of jewellery, fashion, toys and furniture from local and provincial Slovak designers.

3 Sándor Márai Memorial Room

The place of the personal belongings of the Europe's most read writers, Košice-born Sándor Márai, is displayed at this Memorial Room. It was opend on 8 May, 1998 showcases the life, work and writers connection to Márai's home city Košice. Márai, who produced more than 50 works, is one of the core personalities of Europian Capital of Culture 2013. One of the first compteled projects for the 2013 project was the renovation of this Memorial Room, which the Grosschmid family is thought to have occupied in 1915. At the time, Márai was a student at the Premonstratensian High School. After moving to Budapest to carry on with his studies, Márai continued to make occasional visits to Košice. 




4 Small Stage at the State Theatre in Košice

This building in a residential row on Hlavná Street was built at the end of the 19th century. It was previously used as a cinema and even a casino. After the State Theatre was established here, the premises had to be adapted to stage productions, Complete renovation has been ongoing for more than 30 years.


5 Slovak Technical Museum

The is the only museum in Slovakia that deals with the history and tradition of science and technology. Containing more than 16,000 items, many of them irreplaceable , its displays cover subjects as diverse as metallurgy, mechanical engineering, designer metalwork, the development of geodetic  equipment and cartography, and even the development of typewriting maschines. It also includes an Aurel Stodola energy department and a hall that focuses on electrical impulses. In addition, the building contains the Science and Technical Centre for younger visitors. This centre presents phenomena and achievements from the worlds of physics, chemistry, astronomy and mathematics.



6 Eastern Slovak Museum - Košice Gold Treasure

Following the extensive reconstruction of the Eastern Slovak Museum, the priceless Košice Golden Treasure, discovered in 1935, is back where it belongs. The new interactive exhibition of this unique collection comprises gold coins, medals and chains, from one of the world's most significant finds. The so-called Košice Golden Treasure was discovered on August 24, 1935, during the reconstruction of a building at 68 Hlavná Street, the former Spiš Chamber. Weighing 11.5 kilograms, the treasure, comprising 2,920 gold coins, three medals and a 2.14 metre long Renaissance chain, was deposited in a copper casket engraved with animal motifs. The most recent coin, dating back to the reign of Leopold I, suggests it was left here shortly after 1697. During this period of anti-Habsburg uprisings, the owner was probably trying to hide it from rebel forces led by Imre Thököly, who occupied Košice in 1682.

7 Dig Gallery

The DIG gallery is the alternative platform for presentation of the contemporary forms of digital and media arts. Its activities  are focused on mapping and popularisation of this area, developing the local and international connectivity, supporting artistic undertakings and creativity in general. The DIG gallery collaborates with several institutions and independent initiatives within its interdisciplinary research, alternative education and partnership networks. It was founded by DIG non-profit organization in 2012 as a model of the open-source gallery based in Košice.



8 Tabačka Kulturfabrik

This independent centre created to promote culture and creativity. The Tabačka Kulturfabric and its Fabricafe is the right place to go for cultural events and entertainment involving inventive young locals. The Tabačka Kulturfabrik hosts eclectic range of exhibitions, in-house activities, theatre and dance performances as well as concerts and multimedia productions.


9 Statue for Košice 2000

Gyula Kosice, born in 1924 in Košice and living in Buenos Aires is one of the four personalities involved in the European Capital of Culture Košice 2013 project. The founder of hydrokinetism, light kinetism and op-art, he created this abstract, oversized sculpture here, called "Statue for Košice 2000". He is also the artist behind monumentals artworks in Buenos Aires, La Plata and La Paloma in Argentina, Punta del Este in Uruguay, and Seoul in South Korea.


10 Crafts Lane

With its periodic paving and tiny houses, enchanting historic Crafts Lane allows you to experience how Košice appeared in the Middle Ages. You can partake of coffee and cake at the Raňajkáreň coffeehouse, find medical herbs or a refreshing tea at a herbal specialist and have your bag repaired at a leather maker's. You can alsobuy an original souvenir from an artistic metalworker or potter, admire the works of an artisanal carpeter or choose a precious stone from a boutuque that sells rare minerals. This is the place where all these traditional crafts come back to life.



11 Executioner's Bastion and Rodosto

The most stunning example of fortified medieval Košice and the largest bastion in Slovakia is the Katova basta or Executioner´s Bastion, which protected one of the entrance points to the city , the Maľovaná brána or Painted Gateway. The grounds of the bastion contain a a replica of Rodostó, the Turkish house of exile of the kast leader of the anti-Habsburg uprising, Francis II Rákóczi, and brings a touch of the near East to Košice.


12 Dan Graham Sculpture Pavilions

Since 1980, minimalist U.S. artist Dan graham has focused his work on separate stading sculpture objects. These "pavilions" are created within their social context and with the participation of the viewer. They have been set up in New York, Minneapolis, Berlin, Hamburg, Brussels, Tel Aviv, Paris and Tokyo. In Košice, the sculpture "Twist and shout" was opened in 2013 as part Art in Public Space element integral to the European Capital of Culture 2013 project.


13 The East Slovak Gallery

The East Slovak Gallery offers a historical overview of art of eastern Slovakia and presents the work of contemporary artists. Its main focus is Modernism, an important period of art here at the beginning of 20th century. To promote contemporary art as well as older works by Slovak and international artists based in Košice, the gallery cooperates closely with leading galleries around Slovakia, in particular the Slovak National Gallery. As a result, it has organised a number of internationally recognised exhibitions around Slovakia and abroad, increasing the value of the works in its collection. Reopened at the end of 2013, the East Slovak Gallery now occupies a new cultural and educational space that allows for the presentation of visual theatre, dance, lectures, press conferences and workshops.

14 Puppet Theatre

The Košice Puppet Theatre was established in Košice 1959 as the fourth professional operation of its kind in Slovakia and the only one in region. ever since, it has been striving to offer quality acting and unique dramaturgy. In 2000, the theatre moved from Roosvňseveltova to its current premises on Alžbetina Street. Changes in the atrium created a space for cultural events, especially in summer when most other theatres are closed. Alolng with shows by the Košice Puppet Theatre and others from abroad, there are workshops, and film and literary evenings. The terrace of  the Burekas restaurant also opens in the atrium space, providing cool refreshments in the hot summer months.

15 Kasárne / Kulturpark

This culture centre is the biggest investment project within the framework of European Capital of Culture Kosice 2013. Set in a former barracks from the 19th and 20th centuries, the complex was reconstructed in 2012 and 2013. Its aim is to provide space for the creation and presentation of the contemporary music, visual arts, literature, film, theatre and dance of the highest quality. This provides a new model for any cultural institution in the city, new artistic and social and a showcase for progressive trends in the fields of art and creativity.


16 November Pavilion

The November pavilion, on the northern edge of the Kasárne Kulturpark complex, is a so-called "urban exchange station" , a centre for a range of cultural programs organised by the SPOT's project. The pavilion hosts small exhibitions, creative workshops and interesting lectures, with the goal of bringing culture to the local community.



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